For the last 16 years I have worked in a notoriously 'tough' school, when I tell people where I work they usually do a double take and express their admiration that someone would choose to work there. I usually defend the school by saying that, yes, it's tough, but a lovely place to work because of the amazing support that you get from colleagues. In the last 3 years I've noticed a real change in the atmosphere. Since moving into a brand new PFI building and the appointment of a new head, that lovely supportive atmosphere has gone. Staff are now competitive and mainly interested in self promotion and are willing to make colleagues look bad inorder to get what they want. I come away at the end of the day feeling as though it doesn't matter how hard I work, nothing is good enough. I have considered looking for a job elsewhere but, talking to my teacher friends, I get the impression that many schools are like this now. Am I right? Is it just my school or is this the way things are going?